Before anyone asks, the distance from Chengdu to the Wuhan Province in China is 707 miles.

Wuhan, of course, is where the global pandemic began.  Hopefully there will be no trace of the virus left in China by August of 2021. Long shot, maybe.

But that’s when the University of Louisville women’s basketball team will represent the United States in the World University Games, August 18-29 in Chengdu. Current UofL teammates Olivia Cochran, Dana Evans, Mykasa Robinson and Hailey Van Lith have previously competed for Team USA.

This will mark Walz' seventh coaching assignment representing the USA.

The World University Games are held every two years, and Louisville will become the fourth collegiate program to play for the United States, joining UNC Charlotte (2009), Maryland (2017) and Mississippi State (2019). Beside those four occurrences, the United States has been represented by the national team in the World University Games. UofL was selected by the U.S. International University Sports Federation.

 “One of the joys of my coaching career has been representing the United States, and I am thrilled that our entire team will get to experience that next summer,” said Coach Jeff Walz. “This will be a tremendous opportunity for everyone involved with our program, and we can’t wait to play on an international stage against the world’s best teams.”
 
Walz was named 2019 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year after leading the USA U19 team to a perfect 7-0 record and a gold medal at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2018 he led the USA U18 team to a gold medal in Mexico City. This will mark Walz’ seventh coaching assignment representing the USA.

Chengdu is the capital of the Sichuan Province and one of the three most populous cities in western China, with a population of more than nine million people.

Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

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